Wednesday Vignette: Stillness

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“When you approach something to photograph it,

first be still with yourself

until the object of your attention affirms your presence.

Then don’t leave until you have captured its essence.”

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Minor White

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“Movement is the freedom of the body;

stillness, of the mind.”

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Marty Rubin

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016

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Wordless Wednesday

 

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“This inescapable duty to observe oneself:

if someone else is observing me,

naturally I have to observe myself too;

if none observe me,

I have to observe myself all the closer”

 

Franz Kafka

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“He alone is an acute observer,

who can observe minutely without being observed”

 

Johann Kaspar Lavater

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“Opportunities are often things you haven’t noticed the first time around.”

Catherine Deneuve

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Photo by Woodland Gnome 2015

Still Playing Around With Wreathes

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Today I’ve translated my ideas for some unusual wreathes into substance.

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Eliza Waters makes the excellent point that we make our wreathes and arrangements for the joy of doing it.  We do it for our own pleasure, and the pleasure of our loved ones.  (in the comments, here)

The judgement or approval of others is not really a factor when we’re just “playing around.”

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And I’m still playing around with using moss, sticks, lichens and ivy in winter decorations.

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My partner likes these, and so do I.

We have so many birds in our garden that most years they’ve tried to build little nests in our wreathes.

We have to be very careful how we open our door that we don’t invite one inside accidentally.

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So we took it to the extreme, and peopled our wreathes with little wooden birds to begin with.

Do you think the real birds will still visit the wreathes? 

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I’m guessing they’ll find the moss irresistible for lining their nests, and I may need to patch these up from time to time!

The sticks are dead branches from Azalea and Mountain Laurel.  I gave the Mountain Laurel a light wash of white acrylic paint for contrast against our door.

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The shells come from the coast of North Carolina, picked up a few years back on vacation.

The moss is all purchased from the crafts store and glued on to the straw wreath forms with hot glue.

The ivy is all alive, roots tucked into a little plastic wrapped package of soil and wet moss.  I hope it will grow additional roots into the wet moss over the  next few weeks.

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We love having  these  living, growing wreaths for Christmas.  They reflect our garden and the things we enjoy. 

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Woodland Gnome 2014

 

Holiday Wreath Challenge 2014

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